About this object

Mummiform shabti wearing a plain tripartite wig rudimentarily carved. The face is fairly round in shape. The eyes are poorly defined. The nose is damaged. The ears are simply defined. The arms are crossed right over left above the waist. The body is quite broad and the buttocks are defined. Only a few traces of varnish remain especially on the chest, and around the face and ears.

The shabti is inscribed with the throne name of the pharaoh Sety I, Menmmatra, within a cartouche and with the 6th Chapter of the Book of the Dead. Carved from wood with remains of resin coating. Feet are missing. One of fifteen wooden shabtis of Sety I in World Museum's collection.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    New Kingdom (Ramesside Period)
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes
  • Date made
    1294 BC - 1279 BC (Dynasty 19: Reign of Sety I)
  • Materials
    Wood; Varnish
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer, 1867
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes: Valley of the Kings
  • Date collected
    19th Century
  • Measurements
    193 mm x 55 mm x 37 mm
  • Note
    Inscription: six lines; fairly indistinct.
    Transliteration and translation of the inscription: sHD Wsir nsw.t Mn-MAa.t-Ra mAa-xrw Dd.f i SAb.ty ip.tn [ir] aS.t ir Hsb.tw ... sty-mr.y-(n)-PtH r ir.(t) kA(.t) [nb(.t)] r ir [im m] Xr.t-nTr srwD ... sx.t ... tn nb [i]s Hw ... [i]m m s, "The illuminated one, the Osiris, the King, Men–Maat–Re, justified, he speaks: O, these shabtis, [if one] calls, if one reckons, … Seti, Beloved (of) Ptah, to do all the works that are to be done there in the realm of the dead – to cultivate the fields, … river banks … – now indeed, obstacles … therein. (?)".
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer (Collector, previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Donation
Object view = Humanities
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